Trial opens for man accused in 2017 shooting death of friend
The murder trial for a man accused of shooting his best friend began Tuesday with two different views into one incident.
A jury of six men and six women were seated by late morning and opening arguments in the second-degree murder trial of Issac K. Hill, 22. District Judge Scott D. Meaders’ courtroom would be colored by the divergent views of the prosecutor and defense attorney.
Hill is accused of the Sept. 3, 2017, shooting death of Dalton Freiheit, 21. Both First Assistant District Attorney Kyle Cabelka and Hill’s defense attorney John Zelbst agreed that Freiheit died from a gunshot fired from Hill’s .45 caliber handgun.
Cabelka said that Hill had made a habit of pulling his gun out and pointing it a people.
“We’ve heard a lot of talk about an accident,” Cabelka said. “How many times must something happen before it’s not considered an accident?”
The night of Sept. 2, 2017, a party taking place at Hill’s home at 213 Red Elk would turn deadly in the early morning hours. Cabelka said there was “a lot of drinking” going on.
At some point, Hill was in his room using the phone when Freiheit and Marcus Johnson went inside. Ten minutes later, as Johnson was leaving the room, the sound of a gunshot jolted him to turn around. Freiheit was suffering a gunshot wound to the left side of his cheek that exited the back of his head. He was bleeding out on Hill’s bed.